Kolkata Knight Riders, the two-time winners, have kept four players. Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, and Varun Chakraborty will be retained in the team ahead of the IPL 2022 big auction. Two all-rounders and two mystery spinners were among those retained by KKR. Venkatesh Iyer appears to have a lot of support from the team’s management. In IPL 2021, Iyer joins KKR. His performance, on the other hand, will be exceptional.
Eoen Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, and Shubhman Gill have all been left out of the squad. Morgan captained KKR to the final of the IPL 2021. Karthik captained the team for two seasons at the same time. The fact that KKR did not keep the gill who has been with the club since 2018 came as a surprise. These young batsmen are the focus of ownership. Many people in the management thought Gill deserved to be captain. Gill Edge, on the other hand, was weakened by the coming of Iyer.
- Andre Russell
When it comes to describing Big Man Andre Russell’s accomplishments, words usually fall short. He’s been with KKR for six seasons and has become a valuable member of the team.
The Mussel Power of Russell
Dre Russ, as he is called among fans, rose to notoriety as a result of his power hitting and all-around dominance. He created a name for himself in the IPL for KKR in 2015, when he was named MVP after hitting 392 runs at a strike rate of 192 and taking 14 wickets.
His batting exploits against RCB last year, when he scored 48* runs off 13 balls to take KKR to a big victory, are just one of many jaw-dropping innings he has had to provide Knight Riders fans. Remember his blitzkrieg in Chepauk in 2018 vs Chennai Super Kings? His 36-ball 88 is still considered one of his best innings in IPL.
- Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine has proven to be a crucial member of the Knight Riders’ squad. Sunil Narine, according to KKR CEO and MD Venky Mysore, is on par with Andre Russell in terms of all-round ability.
The Mystery Man
He began out as a pinch-hitter for the squad and worked his way up to become one of our best openers. He is one of the most sought-after players in the IPL due to his power hitting with the bat and complex variations with the ball. We won’t be exaggerating if we say he was a crucial architect of our 2012 and 2014 championship victories.
In the powerplay overs and even at the death, Narine has been highly effective. When it comes to batting, Narine began opening the innings for KKR in 2017 and has since developed into a fantastic striker of the ball. Sunil has a strike rate of 168.34 in the IPL and has scored 771 runs.
His recent exploits at the Caribbean Premier League for Trinbago Knight Riders remind us why KKR hasn’t let go of this man since 2012.
- Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakaravarthy was one of the most sought-after players in the 2019 IPL, with KXIP outbidding KKR by Rs 8.4 crore to secure his services.
KKR’s Mystery Spinner
After a year, the KKR think tank has insured that this mystery spinner will wear the Purple and Gold in the IPL 2020. The Tamil Nadu leg-spinner, who has seven different variations, made his IPL debut against KKR at Eden Gardens.
Varun has an unique movement that reminds me of Ajantha Mendis, and he collaborated with Sunil Narine during the KKR net session in 2017. Varun was one of the most economical bowlers in the 2018 TNPL season, averaging just 4.7 RPO. With figures of 2/9 in 4 overs in the final, he was one of the main performers in Madurai Panthers’ title win in 2018.
The Tamil Nadu lad was the highest wicket-taker (22 wickets in 9 matches) for Tamil Nadu in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018–19.
- Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer comes out as the most noticeable winner among the players who have been retained. From being an unknown product warming the bench to being retained, the all-rounder has come a long way. Despite only appearing in the second half of the IPL 2021 season, he had a significant impact.
The Rising Star
In 10 innings in the Indian Premier League, the 26-year-old has scored 370 runs. He has a 41.11 batting average and a 128.47 strike-rate rate. In his brief IPL career, he has also had four fifties. Now that he is one of the four players retained by the Kolkata Knight Riders, he is expected to continue his outstanding form.
Venkatesh Iyer’s IPL salary has risen 40-fold. The Knight Riders paid INR 20 lakh for the Madhya Pradesh allrounder in the 2021 auction, which was his base price. On Tuesday, the Knight Riders signed Iyer, who made his India debut in November, for INR 8 crore, which is 40 times the money he would have received in the 2021 auction.
Some top players KKR should target for auction 2022
- KL Rahul
KKR is extremely likely to go after quality batters in the auction with zero batters in their retentions. KL Rahul, one of the most consistent performers in the game and the winner of the Orange Cap in 2020, could be a good buy for the Knight Riders in IPL 2022.
The Karnataka batsman is one of the best limited-overs batsmen in the world right now. However, his chances of making it to the auction appear slim, since he is likely to be picked up by one of the two new teams.
- Liam Livingstone
Dre Russ has been signed by KKR as a hard-hitting all-rounder. The huge West Indian, on the other hand, comes with a persistent potential of harm worries. As a result, they will almost certainly try to recruit a backup, and England’s Liam Livingstone could be the ideal candidate.
The Englishman is one of the most accurate white ball hitters, and Eden Gardens will suit his game perfectly. For cricket fans, KKR’s success after Livingstone will come as no surprise.
- Nicholas Pooran
Dinesh Karthik, the Kolkata-based franchise’s previous captain and wicketkeeper-batter, was discharged prior of the IPL 2022 season. This creates an opportunity for someone like Nicholas Pooran, who can not only play wicket-keeping but also bat in the middle order.